‘JCPOA to demolish wall of distrust between Iran, foreign investors in tourism sector’

November 12, 2015

TEHRAN -- The implementation of the nuclear deal by Tehran and world powers, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), will demolish the wall of distrust between Iran and foreign investors in the tourism sector, said an official with Iran’s tourism organization.

The JCPOA will pave the way for foreign investors who are keen to create enterprises in the field of tourism in Iran, Saeid Shirkavand told IRNA on Tuesday.

“Nowadays, many foreign and Iranian investors are mulling over creating new businesses in Iran,” he added.

However, he called the increasing of foreign investment as a long procedure, which cannot be judged right now.

The number of European tourists visiting Iran has risen sharply during the past two years, which urges providing more facilities for travelers, he said.

“Safety, regional culture, attractions, and amenities are the important factors for tourists to choose a destination,” he said.

The official had previously said that the number of foreign tourist arrivals grew 75 percent during the Iranian calendar year 1393, which ended on March 21, 2015.

Iran announced that many foreign tourists from different countries of Europe, Africa as well as the U.S. and Australia visited the country during the past year.

Iran made it onto the top destination lists of major publications such as The Financial Times and The Guardian last year thanks to sights that include 2,500-year-old ruins at Persepolis near Shiraz and 16th-century Islamic architectural gems in Isfahan.

Iran is home to some of the world’s most magnificent historical and archaeological sites. Relics of a proud ancient civilization include: Persepolis, the capital of the largest empire that the world has ever seen; the city of Isfahan; Shiraz, the city of love and poetry; and Hamadan, where Avicenna, the father of early modern medicine, is buried.

UNESCO has declared 16 world heritage sites in Iran.

PHOTO: Accor group brings Ibis and Novotel brands to Tehran as travel agents prepare for rush of visitors wanting to see country